22. Get your facts straight... if you can find them

Bullshit is a wonderfully flexible word - spanning the realm of something jovial you do with friends, to frustrating misinformation. Regardless of the context used though, this "engagement" touches on the greater topic of influential information and what seems to trigger us to respond to other people's actions. Better yet, it's an opportunity for us to dive into what bullshit is, why we perceive it this way, why we often prefer it this way, and what it means to us as small businesses, marketers and people trying to get information out in a noisy world.

So what does this mean for us as parents? Everyone - exceptionally parents with limited time to put toward news, information, product research and greater conversation - is privy to environmental influences, reinforced cognitive dissonances, and information wars whether you think you're susceptible or not. As parents, we're inherently tasked with both modeling "good citizenry" to our kids, and helping to battle forces today that will be cumbersome and problematic for our kids tomorrow. Often times we as parents (managing work, kids & life) have exceptionally limited time to concern ourselves with this... but in this case our over-drive lifestyles often make us even more susceptible to sway.

How can we navigate around this? Part of it, is recognizing what's going on and acknowledging that you're inclined to be influenced whether you're a mental ninja or not. Secondly, changing your habits and questions surrounding information verification, gathering and discussion can be helpful. Thirdly, perhaps unplugging altogether to reset a bit might even be a good call.

In this podcast, we’ll discuss the works - you know us. We sincerely hope you enjoy our “bullshit”, and welcome questions or inquiries at jenny@save-the-parents.org. Thanks for listening!